Crossing the elbe. The project reimagines the Leap across the Elbe in visual terms. Three searchlights will project slender beams of white light towards one another from three different locations, thus linking the Elbe island with both the north and the south banks of the river. Over the year, these three horizontal beams of light will progressively rotate their angles of direction so that, one by one, all sections of the city will become part of this symbolic leap. On show also Harry Callahan with a retrospective (until June, 9th).
march 22 − JUNE 9, 2013 AT THE HOUSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Harry Callahan (1912 − 1999) is one of the icons of 20th-century Us photography. His oeuvre quite marvelously points up trends in traditional romantic photography and combines them with the formalist/experimental New vision developed during european Modernism. For almost six decades, Harry callahan produced a unique multi-facetted body of photographic work which − in its full complexity − has not yet been brought to the attention of a wider audience inside europe. one of the reasons may be that callahan’s reception obviously focused on the United states, culminating in a retrospective of his work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1976. still, in 1978 together with the painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922 − 1993) he represented the United states at the venice Biennial.
After Callahan died in 1999, his works were shown in group exhibitions or solos shows, for example in the superb solo presentation at La caixa, Madrid, Spain (2000), at the center for creative photography in Tucson, Arizona (2006) or at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France (2010). Nevertheless, in Europe Callahan must be considered an inside tip within the photographic world. Given the significance of his outstanding oeuvre and on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birthday, we believe Callahan deserves a major retrospective at an internationally renowned art institution showing main aspects of his exceptional photographic production.
The exhibition will present the entire bandwidth of Harry Callahan’s photographic oeuvre: Taking as a point of departure the motifs he encountered in his daily reality, in addition to depictions of nature and landscapes there are works that evolved in urban settings including shop windows, street processions and buildings, or shots of people passing by. The images in which he places his family − his wife eleanor and daughter Barbara − at the center of things are later replaced by other subjects that essentially stem from his numerous journeys, for instance, through France, Italy, Ireland, Morocco, Portugal, Mexico and Peru. Not only will the show demonstrate Callahan’s topical diversity and the variation of work groups he rigorously pursued and repeatedly revised over the years. in addition to the works produced as black−and−white silver gelatin prints the works produced using the dye transfer method will be featured.
Haus der photographie attached to Deichtorhallen Hamburg possesses some 200 works by Harry callahan and thus a highly important portfolio of his oeuvre. F. c. Gundlach, the collector and founding director of House of Photography, started collecting Callahan’s photos back at the end of the 1970s and accorded Callahan a very special status in his collection. it is not only thanks to F. c. Gundlach’s intensive collecting activity that Harry Callahan’s photographs occupy a special place within his collection. especially the dye transfer prints are also relevant in terms of photographic history: they resulted from the direct collaboration between Harry Callahan, F.C. Gundlach and New York gallery owner Peter MacGill. it was this method of producing color prints that in the early 1980s helped Callahan achieve the desired form of expression for his colored work.
The retrospective on Harry Callahan follows on from major panoramic exhibitions on pioneers of international photographic history such as tina Modotti and Manuel Alvarez Bravo (1998), irving penn (1998) and Weegee (1999) not to mention Martin Munkácsi (2005) and Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel (2009).
On March 21, 2013, at 19 am at the House of Photography. Dirk Luckow (Director of Deichtorhallen Hamburg), Barbara Callahan (Daughter of Harry Callahan) and Sabine Schnakenberg (Curator of the collection).
On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue will be published by Kehrer Verlag featuring texts by Julian Cox, Peter MacGill, Dirk Luckow and Sabine Schnakenberg (in german / english). 256 pp., 49,90 Euro.
Crossing the elbe
MARCH 22, 2013 BIS March 22, 2014, DEICHTORHALLEN HAMBURG
Since the early 1970s Anthony McCall has been working with projected light. His »solid-light« installations occupy a space between line-drawing, cinema, and sculpture: fundamentally graphic, they are realized through the mediums of film or digital projection and the effect created is that of large-scale, three-dimensional sculptures composed of shifting membranes of light. Viewing becomes an active process of moving around and through the projected object, exploring it from different points of view. To the extent that viewers are incorporated into the forms and thus become part of what is seen, McCalls’s light installations also suggest a relationship to performance. Anthony McCalls work has been widely exhibited: at Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof − Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, amongst many others.
To mark the opening of Internationale Bauausstellung IBA in Hamburg's presentation year, British artist Anthony McCall will realize a light project for Hamburg Deichtorhallen, which will begin on 22 March 2013. The project reimagines the »Leap across the Elbe« in visual terms. Three searchlights will project slender beams of white light towards one another from three different locations -- from the roof of the Spiegel building next to Deichtorhallen in the HafenCity, from the bunker in Wilhelmsburg, and from the Falckenberg Collection in Hamburg-Harburg, thus linking the Elbe island with both the north and the south banks of the river. Over the year, these three horizontal beams of light will progressively rotate their angles of direction so that, one by one, all sections of the city will become part of this symbolic leap.
Starting ninety minutes after sunset, »Crossing the Elbe« will be visible for 20-minutes every evening in most parts of the sky between Deichtorhallen Hamburg and Falckenburg Collection in Harburg.
The project is a collaboration between Deichtorhallen Hamburg and IBA. It was realized by Tim Hupe Architects. We are indebted to State Agency for Immovable Property and Real Estate Management and SPIEGEL publishers for their generous support.
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